About Us

Our Story

Pfeiffer Vineyards used to be the Pfeiffer chicken ranch and sheep farm.  Back in 1947 this serene parcel of land located at the end of a lush, narrow valley in the foothills of the Coast Range beckoned the Pfeiffer’s with the promise of a wholesome country life for their family.

But working sheep and thousands of chickens for decades was backbreaking, made more difficult when their small farmhouse burned down forcing the family of six to “temporarily” house in a Quonset hut. (Picture a tin can cut in half lengthwise with no insulation, a woodstove for heat, and an outhouse for a bathroom.)  That short-term arrangement lasted 25 years.


How did it start?
When a proposal came from a French company to purchase the Pfeiffer land in the late ‘70’s, second son, Robin Pfeiffer, was intrigued.  What did the French want with a 70-acre south-facing sheep meadow? 
It wasn’t for cheese.  With a little research, Robin discovered the French wanted to grow Pinot Noir grapes and the Pfeiffer land offered a fertile Bellpine soil, an ideal elevation of 500 to 750, a textbook micro-climate of warm days and cool nights, and a relatively frost-free zone with a small creek running below tugging frosty air off the hillside and downstream. 
Robin had returned to Oregon from South America where he had lived for several years.  He was now a Spanish teacher in Eugene, Oregon.  By 1983, after convincing his father that grape-growing was a better exercise than sheep shearing, Robin eventually planted pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, muscat and merlot on the meadow, establishing one of the first premium vineyards in the South Willamette Valley.
Meet the Pfeiffers
Ten years later, through a newspaper ad, Robin met Danuta, a broadcast journalist and author.  Love quickly flourished and within 12 days they decided to marry.  More than 23 years later, Robin and Danuta had built a home, created the winery, established a cozy Tuscan-style tasting room, a lush 4-tiered Water Garden, and a hospitality Fireplace Pavilion.  With a vision for environmental balance, they established one of the first solar-powered vineyard estates including an energy efficient home. While Robin managed the vineyard, Danuta published an award-winning book and audiobook, Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine, in which she describes their early years.

Today, Pfeiffer Winery’s reputation is renowned for their exclusive, small-lot, estate-grown and produced on-site Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris sold only through their winery.  Now, Robin and Danuta host their wines on exotic shores around the world, serving as ambassadors for the heralded New World wines of Oregon.

  
"We do not manipulate our environment, we allow it:  

Deer, coyotes, foxes, skunk, bears, elk, cougars, deer, hawks, swallows, eagles, doves, frogs, turtles, fish, herons, bobcats, --all call our land home in a balanced, symbiotic relationship."
  
This year we celebrate 35 years - one of the oldest vineyards in the South Willamette Valley.  Our region was recognized as the 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine! 
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Robin and Danuta 
on Pinot Noir...
Tanner on the Town
September 2018
30 Years
of Perfect Pinot
Danuta tells us about the Blue Line Pinot Noir
From Brush to Beauty...
The Water Garden Then.  The Water Garden Now.